He Is Not Personal
Soccer Laduma|27 November 2019
He may not be gettingregular game-timedomestically with Bidvest Wits, but attacking midfielder Gift Motupa is making a name for himself in this season’s CAF Confederation Cup. The 25-year-old player has bagged six goals in the campaign so far, inspiring the Clever Boys to the group stages of a CAF club competition for the first time in their history. It has not been the same in the domestic league though, with just one start so far and one goal. Having done so well in the Confederation Cup, he will no doubt be hoping that coach Gavin Hunt will give him more opportunities to play in the Absa Premiership as the Braamfontein-based outfit looks to challenge for the title. In this interview with Soccer Laduma’s Tshepang Mailwane, Motupa expresses his excitement about qualifying for

Tshepang Mailwane: Gift, how does it feel to be part of history at Bidvest Wits after reaching the CAF Confederation Cup group stages?

Gift Motupa: It feels great, man. It’s good to be part of a group of players who made history. It’s good for the club as well. It’s a great moment for us.

TM: You scored six goals to inspire your club to the group stages.

GM: I was very happy and it was special because it was the first time I scored four goals in a professional game. I was happy about that and I look forward to getting more goals for the team.

TM: Does this show that Wits take continental club competitions seriously, seeing the team and Gavin Hunt’s desire in CAF tournaments has been questioned?

GM: As a club, we take CAF tournaments seriously. It’s not easy to play on the continent… it’s not easy at all. So, this will build our mental strength and the will in us to succeed. It will test our character and it will help us even when we play our PSL games, because it’s not easy to play on the continent and come back and play in South Africa. So, we need to be mentally strong and ready. The coach told us that this kind of situation can help us to win the league because we will be mentally strong.

TM: How far do you think you can go in the competition?

GM: I think we can go as far as the last four, because I believe we have a strong team. The competition is good, everyone is working hard and we are there for each other. I think we can get to the last four and from there it’s a lottery. Anything is possible once you get there and the confidence will be on another level. We will believe that we can win it.

TM: What do you make of the group you’ve been drawn in, where you’ll have to travel to Mali, Libya and Guinea? This weekend you host Horoya.

GM: Firstly, our home games will be important. The group that we are in is not going to be easy, because these teams have more experience, especially Horoya who have been playing in CAF competitions for some years now. It’s not going to be easy, but we are ready, man. I think we are prepared for any challenge that we are going to face in the group stages. We are positive enough that we will go to the quarterfinals.

TM: What challenges do you foresee playing in the competition as well as having domestic competitions to take care of, especially competing for the league against a side like Chiefs, who will be well-rested?

GM: The challenge we will face are the away games, with the traveling and all that. Away games are never easy, so we just need to make sure we win our home games and maybe we can try win one or two of our away games and draw others, and that will maybe give us enough points to progress to the next round.

TM: Are you as a club inspired by what Mamelodi Sundowns have done in the CAF Champions League in recent years?

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